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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Skipper & Slovakian Tank Jozef Kaplan

11009107_1032331963447965_923918480301983602_nGeylang International’s Skipper and Slovakian Tank Jozef Kaplan shares his opinions as an Eagle and his thoughts about the upcoming fixture against Tampines Rovers FC on 20th October 2015 at the Bedok Stadium.

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Skipper & Slovakian Tank Jozef Kaplan

Question 1 –

It was indeed a painful 2-0 defeat against Harimau Muda, but looking forward the next game is against Tampines Rovers on Tuesday. Your opinions and thoughts about the Young Tigers’ defeat and the upcoming Eastern Derby at Bedok Stadium?

Ans: The last game against Harimau Muda was indeed disappointing and painful, because we wanted to keep unbeaten streak, as long as we could. I believe, in the first-half we did not play as well as compared to our previous fixtures. We also did not have much luck at the Hang Jebat Stadium as we could not find the target easily.

According to me, every ‘derby’ match is special because there is no favourite team and both teams would be eager to take home the three points. We do have a short time to prepare for it, but we are definitely ready to take on Tampines for not only the three points, but also the bragging rights.


Question 2 –

What were your previous clubs and why is Geylang International very special to your heart ?

Ans: Before I came to Geylang, I used to play in Slovakia for MFK RUZOMBEROK and MFK TATRAN LIPTOVSKY MIKULAS. Geylang has always a special place for me because, I started my S.League career here and I always feel delighted to be amongst the Eagles’ fans. Geylang always has been fair, correct and understanding. I always appreciate it and I am proud to play with the Eagles, as they have a rich history in football.

Question 3 –

Please share with us about your life outside of Football and Geylang International.
Your Favourite –  i) Pastime , ii) Hangout Spot, iii) Exercise, iv) Food & v) Player in the World of Football


i)Swimming and chilling out by the pool with my family.

ii)East Coast Park

iii)Long Distance Runs – to improve my stamina.

iv)I am a coffee addict and to be exact on food, I have two favourite food items – Chicken Rice and Mee Soto

v)Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. He is simply outstanding as he scores many goals. However, I idolize him for the way he takes trainings seriously, and he really sets the bar very high for being a true professional as he practices what he preach – Hard-Work First, Goals Second.


Question 4 –

How do you feel about Singapore being your new home? How different is the lifestyle and soccer as compared to Slovakia?

Ans: Life in Slovakia is a bit more relaxed and there is not much rush back there, as compared to Singapore being a bustling city. The weather here is too hot and definitely, I prefer Slovakia.

For me soccer is no really different at any location in the word. Being fit, discipline, having the correct attitude and using right tactics can make you successful anywhere.

A good example would be the game between Japan vs Singapore, as nobody expected the Lion City to draw with the star studded Japan squad.

Slovakia is similar to Singapore, as we never qualified for any major tournaments before, but now Slovakia qualified for Euro 2016 and people want to know more about them.


Question 5 –

Which S.League players would make up your deadly XI selection and which formation would you implement?


I like to attack, hence an attacking formation like, 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.

Goalkeeper –
Zaiful Nizam (Balestier Khalsa)

Defenders – 4
Ang Zhi Wei – (Home United)
Kento Fukuda – (Geylang International)
Igor Cerina – (Balestier Khalsa)
Syed Thaha – (Geylang International)

Midfielders – 3
Ismadi Mukthar – (Tampines Rovers)
Miroslav Pejic – (Warriors FC)
Hafiz Nor – (Geylang International)

Forwards – 3
Miroslav Kristic (Balestier Khalsa)
Ken Ilso (Home United)
Fazrul Nawaz (Warriors FC)

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